Your mention of boiling water brought to mind the following:
As I understand it, when slavery was legal in the U.S., in the South, plantation owners would boil all sorts of vegetables and other food items for their own consumption but would drink only “fresh” water. The water used for boiling “food” was provided to the slaves. As a result, the slave owners often suffered from anemia and other afflictions connected to demineralization of the body while the slaves, aside from the horrific conditions of slavery, were stronger and healthier than their owners.
Given this, I thought I might mention household water filtration as a last resort to remove pollutants, contaminants, etc. that are saturating our drinking water supplies. For example, Chlorine is a known carcinogenic and Fluoride is responsible for many nervous system disorders. Regardless, governments still insist on water treatment that involves Chlorinating the drinking water rather than committing to research and development for alternative methods. The problem with household water filtration units is that some add large amounts of Sodium to the water to “soften” it and remove the Calcium, Magnesium and other “useful” minerals. Sound familiar?
I have used a portable water filtration unit to filter both bottled and tap water. I used litmus paper to check the results. The bottled water had an starting PH of 7.4. Once filtered, the same water had a PH of 6.2. Similar results were noted for the tap water. Basically, the water has been softened by the removal of minerals as well as contaminants such as Chlorine.
Naturally soft water is acidic in PH and contains very few dissolved minerals. Clearly, this corrosive water is not desirable for consumption as in time it would compromise the health of the individual. Would the now filtered water above be preferable to drink in its new state or its old state?
Ironically, the water filtration unit that I own purports to remineralize the water with powdered coral, the original subject matter of this thread.
Distilled water has no mineral content. Can this be good for you? I think not. I have spoken to a Chemist that insists that long term consumption of distilled water is not a good thing and that powdered coral being extremely alkaline may prove to be beneficial to those people with mineral deficiency problems that are, and here is the clincher, able to absorb their minerals and other nutrients.
Food for thought,